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- A 2-month-old girl injured in a pedestrian accident in Revere over the weekend remains in critical condition, according to MGH.
- Her 5-year-old sister, Adrianna Mejia-Rivera, had died at the crash scene on Sunday.
- The driver of the SUV, Autumn Harris, 42, of Boston, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Monday and was ordered held on $10,000 bail.
Editors Note: It was previously reported that the 2-month-old girl had died after a family member told NBC10 Boston that she passed away after being pulled from life support. We apologize for this error.
A 2-month-old girl who was badly injured in a horrific pedestrian accident in Revere, Massachusetts over the weekend remains in critical condition, according to Massachusetts General Hospital.
The baby was one of five pedestrians struck by an SUV around 5 p.m. Sunday as they were walking along the grass median strip on Route 145. Her 5-year-old sister, Adrianna Mejia-Rivera, died at the scene.
The other three victims included a 2-year-old child and a 27-year-old woman who sustained non-life-threatening injuries and another woman who suffered minor injuries. A passenger in the vehicle was also hospitalized.
The driver of the SUV, 42-year-old Autumn Harris of Boston, entered not-guilty pleas to charges of motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation at her arraignment Monday. She was ordered held on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 10. She could face additional charges as the investigation continues.
Prosecutors said Harris told police she had consumed one beer earlier in the afternoon, had taken the sleep aid melatonin and a muscle relaxant to help her sleep the night before and slept only two hours before working all day Sunday. They also said she admitted to vaping CBD oil in the vehicle and said she might have fallen asleep at the wheel. Drug test results are still pending.
According to her driving record, Harris refused a chemical breath test after the accident and her right to drive was automatically suspended. She had twice previously refused to take chemical breath tests, and was charged with operating under the influence in 2011.
Harris' mother, Maureen Harris, said outside court on Monday that her daughter doesn't know what happened.
"She didn't get to call me until very, very late," her mother said. "Of course she's crying and I couldn't make out much, but she said, 'I don't know. All of a sudden, it just happened.'"
She said her daughter was taking the muscle relaxant Flexeril, but she isn't sure if that contributed to the accident.
"I don't know. We'll find out," she said. "I feel so bad for those kids."
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Harris is being represented by attorney Jeff Miller.